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Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale AleSamuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

932 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 932
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 30
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001)
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SoCalBeerIdiot

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

06-12-2013 19:08:02 | More by SoCalBeerIdiot
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DeutschesBier

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

06-07-2013 15:33:37 | More by DeutschesBier
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2beerdogs

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

06-06-2013 06:02:49 | More by 2beerdogs
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rangerred

Tennessee

3.49/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

550ml bottle into an English pint.

Pours a crystal clear deep copper with a one finger fluffy off-white head. Ok head retention with a few streaks of lacing.

The aroma I feel is a little on the weak side and is full of dark fruit, caramel, and toast. I would have liked it all to be just a little more forward, however.

This same lack of excitement carries over into the taste. Nice dark fruit and some grassy hops up front quickly followed by toast and burnt caramel. A nice moderate bitterness lasts throughout adding to the burnt character. Full, slick mouthfeel ending with a bit of stickyness.

Overall, a decent offering from Samuel Smith but I find it a bit lacking. There are better examples out there.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 01:35:55 | More by rangerred
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cannunzi

Florida

4/5  rDev +3.4%

05-29-2013 19:20:28 | More by cannunzi
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DrunkenMonk

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

05-28-2013 06:40:33 | More by DrunkenMonk
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Bnoise11

California

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

05-28-2013 03:26:46 | More by Bnoise11
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kp29

Arizona

2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

05-27-2013 05:44:41 | More by kp29
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WDJersey

Colorado

4/5  rDev +3.4%

05-26-2013 02:06:41 | More by WDJersey
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

05-25-2013 14:29:10 | More by Slatetank
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Dapperticus

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

05-25-2013 01:17:16 | More by Dapperticus
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kvnstfrd

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

05-23-2013 04:27:48 | More by kvnstfrd
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johntfox

Florida

4/5  rDev +3.4%

05-21-2013 01:11:48 | More by johntfox
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mattparsons

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +3.4%

05-18-2013 22:16:05 | More by mattparsons
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Xzfgiimtsath

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

05-17-2013 12:40:10 | More by Xzfgiimtsath
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KStark

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

05-13-2013 14:33:46 | More by KStark
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rph97

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

05-10-2013 20:03:56 | More by rph97
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thatdewguy

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

05-09-2013 05:14:34 | More by thatdewguy
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

the glory of these beers is their price, less than 4 bucks per go? are you kidding me?! the quality to price point is unrivaled in the beer world. while some are outstanding, standard setters, others are just okay. this pale ale is somewhere in between. its clear in the pours, more red than copper, with a finger of off white bubbles that pop down to a thin skin before long. the nose is quintessentially English, with all the caramel malt dusty attic you could ever want, but with a welcomed touch of vanilla extract. the yeast doesn't really manifest itself until the flavor, neither do the hops. the yeast combines with the caramel malt to give a doughy cereal profile, while the hops finish the beer nice and bitter, balancing the vanilla expertly. tastes just a tad old at the end, but ill bet this is nearly perfect at the source on tap. thinner body, which im back and forth between liking and not, and airy carbonation that keeps this beer drinking easily. overall this isn't my favorite beer from sam smiths, but now that I have worked my well into their lineup, I can safely say that the quality of this brew is up to the high bar of the others. again, the economics cannot be beat.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2013 04:20:14 | More by StonedTrippin
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DrewSnyc667

Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Slightly hazy brilliant copper color. Minor activity and almost no head whatsoever

S: Amazingly robust chocolate and caramel. Unique to the stye, I am chewing on the malts before I take a sip.

T: A malt fans delight. Super complex starts like chocolate chandy and ends with a nice little hop crisp

M: Nice amount of carbonation keeps that sweet malt at bay and makes this highly session able

O: I have been really into the English session ales lately and this one is another treat.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 01:35:02 | More by DrewSnyc667
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Damian

Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Drank from a 1pt. 2.7fl.oz./550 ml bottle
Served in a Samuel Smith's imperial pint glass
Thanks to my dad for this bottle

The beer poured a slightly hazed, deep crimson-amber. A two-finger crown of tight, frothy, beige colored foam topped the liquid and slowly faded to a lasting cap. Patches of lacing trickled down the glass.

The nose was very British. A bit steely and quite mellow overall. Good dose of biscuity malts. Somewhat toasty. Mild toffee notes. Slightly fruity and moderately sweet.

The flavor profile was decent. Biscuity malts dominated. Some toffee. Touch of noble hops. Fruity in the center. Earthy, bittering hops came through in the finish. Crisp and drying.

The mouthfeel was slick, smooth and somewhat creamy on the palate. Medium bodied with a fine and mild effervescence.

Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale might be spot-on for the style, but I found it rather boring. If you have an affinity for British session ales, this might be your cup of tea.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 03:22:32 | More by Damian
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BigJohnny

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +3.4%

04-23-2013 10:29:29 | More by BigJohnny
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bmurray10

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

04-22-2013 14:35:32 | More by bmurray10
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scmoore81

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

04-19-2013 14:11:22 | More by scmoore81
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Lee45102

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

04-17-2013 01:42:56 | More by Lee45102
Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
87 out of 100 based on 932 ratings.